Undefeated United off to Polokwane

2011-09-23 00:00

MARITZBURG United leave for Polo­kwane today where they will do battle with newly promoted Black Leopards in a PSL clash scheduled to take place at the Peter Mokaba stadium tomorrow.

United leave for Limpopo in a buoyant mood after their best ever start to a PSL season — they are undefeated after five rounds of fixtures and sitting in fifth position on the log — and are confident of being able to pick up three more points tomorrow.

Both United’s away games this season have ended in draws. A 1-1 result against Ajax in Cape Town was followed by a 1-1 draw at Bloemfontein Celtic, but coach Ian Palmer is adamant that tomorrow’s fixture is one that his side can win.

“The players are confident and we will have the same approach that we have had for our away games so far this season — to go there and try and get the win,” he said.

“We need to reach the targets that we have set for ourselves and to do that we have to beat Leopards on Saturday.”

Palmer will be without wide player Sheldon Lawrence, who has a case of whiplash and is unable to travel. He will be replaced by Renaldo Donnelly while striker Fadlu Davids is still recovering from a fractured cheek bone.

This means Diyo Sibisi will, once again, be United’s lone striker with the task of finding the back of the net, something he has done three times this season.

“He [Sibisi] handles playing as the lone striker very well because of his mobility,” said Palmer.

“When we played Arrows the support was a bit slow in getting to him so that is something that we need to work on.”

Sibisi has stated his aim to be the league’s leading scorer this season and has looked in fine form so far.

United are also boosted by the return of attacking midfielder Kurt Lentjies, who has been influential in the side’s last two matches — the draw to Celtic and last weekend’s 2-0 win over Arrows at home, where Lentjies scored from a free kick.

Leopards are placed 12th on the log and have won once this season, though they turned out a spirited display away to Platinum Stars by coming back to snatch a draw from two goals down last weekend.

United last met Leopards in a League encounter in the 2006/2007 season, where they lost 1-0 in Limpopo after drawing 1-1 in Pietermaritzburg.

With United sitting pretty among the country’s glamour clubs at the top of the table, a win tomorrow would ensure that the fairytale continues a little while longer.

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